Earlier this week Robert Lewandowski at last came clear about his effort to leave Bayern Munich this summer. Lewandowski painted a dramatic picture of his perceived isolation last season for Sport Bild, criticizing “the bosses” for failing to support him during the storm of criticism he weathered after failing to score in Bayern’s decisive Champions League fixtures. Lewandowski claimed,
In April and May, almost everyone took a shot at me. And I didn’t feel protected at all by the club; I felt alone in that situation. I didn’t score in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was saying, “Fire away at Lewandowski!” I did not see anyone who stood behind me at the time. None of the bosses defended me either.
Now one of those bosses, none other than Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, takes exception to Lewandowski’s story about their failure to protect him. Rummenigge directly contradicted Lewandowski in a follow-up interview in Sport Bild:
I’m quite astonished by this statement. I came to him one time, in March or April, when there was criticism after the Champions League games. I said, I think the discussion is ridiculous. I won’t debate about a striker who scores thirty goals every year.
Rummenigge found Lewandowski’s claims about failing support incomprehensible. “We couldn’t have granted him a greater positive demonstration,” and if the striker had wanted to talk, the boss is “in my office every day. My door is open. Knock once and you’re in.”
Perhaps Lewandowski shouldn’t have sent his agent?